Senior Manager, Policy and Government Relations

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $65,000
Details: Salary commensurate with education and experience




District of Columbia
United States


About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. 

A national early education organization with operations in 14 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promotes quality early learning for all. Through a research based curriculum, Jumpstart children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path to close the achievement gap before it is too late. Jumpstart has served over 95,000 children with the support of more than 45,000 college students and community volunteers.


The organization focuses on three objectives: driving outcomes for young children through direct service programming and an evidence-backed curriculum; expanding the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education through a comprehensive workforce pathways program; and championing policies that support the professionalization of the early childhood field and promote high-quality early education for all. Together these objectives improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase the life chances for young children. Join us to work toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed! Learn more at


Position Overview

The Senior Manager of Policy & Government Relations is an integral member of the Policy & Government Relations (PGR) Department, which is responsible for establishing and implementing Jumpstart’s policy advocacy agenda through strategic relationship building with key federal, state, and local officials throughout Jumpstart’s national network. The individual in this role: spearheads PGR’s activities in Washington, D.C., supports the department’s work in other states and cities, conducts research and analysis, as well as develops and executes policy advocacy strategies in accordance with PGR’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policy. All activities are designed to advance Jumpstart’s four policy priorities: (1) increase access to high-quality early education in under-resourced communities, (2) establish a stable and well-compensated early education workforce, (3) enhance higher education affordability and (4) promote AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the national service movement. The Senior Manager maintains and develops relationships with key elected and appointed officials and advocacy coalitions in order to increase Jumpstart’s visibility, positions the organization as an important resource in the policy community, and leverages the organization’s 25-years of experience and knowledge and national scope and brand. 


The individual in this role reports to the Vice President of Policy & Government Relations and is a member of Jumpstart’s Program Division. The Senior Manager also works collaboratively with the Program, Field, and Development departments. This is a great professional opportunity for someone with excellent interpersonal and project management skills, strong oral and written persuasive communication skills, research skills, and a desire to work in a mission-driven organization where we proudly advocate for young children and families every day.



Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop, nurture, and expand positive collaborative relationships with key federal, state, and local elected and government officials, and other policy and nonprofit leaders aligned with Jumpstart’s advocacy agenda
  • Participate in stakeholder coalitions and in workgroups (such as early childhood or higher education) on behalf of Jumpstart in order to have a hand and voice in the shaping of policy and a presence in government and political circles
  • Stay informed of developments in the policy space and research, draft, and revise policy briefing, advocacy, public opinion, and other written communications for both internal and external use.
  • Collaborate with internal and external content experts to shape, update, and communicate Jumpstart’s position on public policy issues
  • Utilizing Jumpstart’s Salesforce database, track interactions between Jumpstart and elected officials, government staff, and coalition members
  • Research and track potential public and private funding sources to support Jumpstart’s advocacy or direct service activities and assist the Development Department in preparing applications seeking such funding
  • Assist in the training and informing of Jumpstart staff, board members, alumni, and other partners to engage in identified advocacy efforts
  • In collaboration with the Marketing/Communications Department, provide policy content for external communications with Jumpstart supporters and alumni and develop ideas and drafts of public opinion pieces or testimony to be given by the CEO, Chief Program Officer, or Vice President of Policy & Government Relations
  • Collaborate with and help to facilitate and support Jumpstart’s internal Policy Working Group
  • Handle other duties as assigned in support of Jumpstart’s policy advocacy goals, or by the Vice President of Policy & Government Relations, the Chief Program Officer, or the CEO as needed




  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Around 5 years of professional experience in the public policy, government, or non-profit sector, including engagement with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch
  • Strong understanding of the federal legislative process
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, with an ability to work diplomatically with a wide range of viewpoints while maintaining fidelity to Jumpstart’s values and principles
  • Comprehensive analytical, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills with the ability to plan and implement short- and long-term projects
  • Strong communication ability, including written, public speaking, and persuasive communication skills
  • Commitment to Jumpstart’s core values: learning, connection, determination, joy and kindness
  • Energetic, enthusiastic team player eager to contribute to meaningful change in the world
  • Ability and willingness to undertake occasional travel within the U.S.
  • Experience and comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities  


Preferred or Ideal

  • Master’s or Law degree
  • Familiarity with state and local government
  • Experience in early childhood education policy
  • Familiarity or experience with federal funding opportunities
  • Understanding of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs
  • Prior experience/interest in social justice or diversity, equity, and inclusion work


Approximately 30% local travel and occasional U.S. travel


Excellent benefits package, including health, dental, and vision plans; generous PTO and sick time; paid holidays; and a 401k plan with an employer match, along with a great work environment!

Level of Language Proficiency

English fluency required

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please complete an online application. Both a cover letter and resume are required to complete your application.  Applications without a cover letter may not be considered. Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis. Please upload/attach your resume to your applicant profile as well as your cover letter.